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Three top chronographs go head to head

Time On Our Hands: Chronograph Shootout

The popularity and prevalence of chronographs might just make one think that it is an easy watch complication. Everyone from Hamilton and Tissot on up the line to the loftier likes of Patek and Lange & Söhne have one in their lineups. Something about the asymmetrical cases — those buttons poking out from under a shirtsleeve — and the gauge-like dials with tachymetric scales and multiple subdials seems irresistible to men everywhere.

So when we recently got our hands on three of the best available in-house built automatic column wheel chronographs from three legendary companies — Zenith, OMEGA and Girard-Perregaux — it presented an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. We’ll call it a shootout — loosely.

timekeeping-promo-logo-gear-patrolThis article is part of GP's fresh new face to TIMEKEEPING, a weekly chronicle on the utility, design, tradition and innovation of watches.
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Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Edition

The Apollo 13 mission may not exactly have been NASA’s most successful mission, but it made for a great movie (Bill Paxton, for better or worse). Two missions prior though, Apollo 11 made history when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked the surface of the moon with oft forgotten command module pilot Michael Collins. If…